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Musical Theater Performer

Odds of Hanging On

What could be better than singing and dancing and emoting and acting in musical theater? A steady paycheck.

Many hear the call, but most hang up after a few months or years without success. Few brave and talented souls actually stick it out in the mad world of musical theater. Make no mistake: performing is hard work, both on the stage and off. Maybe you're sick of the endless auditions that have yielded nothing. Maybe you're a working performer who keeps appearing in shows that flop in a New York minute.

If you find that the downsides outweigh the upsides by miles, it might be time to ratchet down your ambitions. Embrace that day job. Plunge into community theater. And remember, when you sing in the shower, there's no one around to judge you.